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Mass as Nourishment, Not as Obligation; The Vaccine Discussion, Best Evangelists Period and More! (2278)

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Click on Mass as Nourishment, Not as Obligation by Melinda Selmys of OSV Newsweekly link to read more.

Mass as Nourishment, Not as Obligation by Melinda Selmys of OSV Newsweekly - BigPulpit.com

The Vaccine Discussion - William M. Briggs

Best Evangelists Period – Matt Vander Vennet, Epic Pew

‘Feminized’ Church Comment Sparks Debate – Brian Fraga, OSV Newsweekly

Terrible Deeds and Odious Comparisons: President Obama’s Comparison of ISIS Burning Man Alive to the Crusades by Todd Aglialoro of Catholic Answers - BigPulpit.com

The Chapel Veil and a Woman’s Rights - Rebecca Devendra, One Peter 5

To What Is God Calling You? - Jordan Haddad, Ignitum Today

A Tradition Both “Venerable” & “Defective”: The Reform of the Missal – Gregory DiPippo, The New Liturgical Movement

Catholic Culture Wars:...READ MORE

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Pope Mum Over Prosecutor’s Mysterious Death in Argentina (2480)

NEWS ANALYSIS: A Vatican source said Pope Francis ‘follows with sorrow’ the troubling events in his native country, but to date he has maintained a prudential silence.

02/18/2015 Comments (5)

Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman, pictured here in November 2013, was found dead from a gunshot wound in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment.

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BUENOS AIRES — Argentina is the country of Pope Francis, whose voice often appeals to consciences crying out for justice in many cases of violence on different points of the planet.

But the Pope has remained silent about the mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman on Jan. 18. His death came hours before he was going to present an accusation against Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and other high-level authorities, of trying to cover-up the apparent perpetrators in the 1994 terrorist bombing of a Jewish community center run by the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires. The attack killed 85 victims.

Nisman was found dead from a...READ MORE

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Bishop of Ars Removes Blessed Sacrament From All Parishes (11960)

The French bishop issued the order last week, amid a string of church break-ins that have seen numerous tabernacles profaned and consecrated Hosts stolen.

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PARIS — Bishop Pascal Roland of Belley-Ars, France, has ordered that the Blessed Sacrament be removed from all chapels and churches in the diocese, following a wave of sacrileges that have taken place in recent days.

After numerous tabernacles were profaned and consecrated Hosts were stolen, Bishop Roland issued an ordinance instructing, “The Blessed Sacrament shall be removed from the tabernacles of all the churches and parish chapels and be reserved in a safe place.”

“The doors of the tabernacle shall remain completely open,” the bishop ordered. For purposes of public or private prayer, “The Blessed Sacrament may be returned temporarily to the tabernacle on the condition that a...READ MORE

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Pope on Ash Wednesday: ‘Return to the Arms of God and Cry in Those Arms’ (1156)

The Holy Father reminded the faithful Feb. 18, the start of Lent, ‘The Lord does not ever tire of having mercy on us … inviting us to return to him with a new heart.’

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VATICAN CITY — In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said the time of Lent is a call to leave hypocrisy behind and reconcile with God through fasting, charity and prayerful tears before our merciful Father.

Before Mass, in keeping with papal tradition for Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis began the Lenten liturgy with a procession, during which he walked from Rome’s Sant’Anselmo Church to the Church of Santa Sabina on Aventine Hill.

“I ask you a question: Do I cry? Does the Pope cry? Do cardinals cry? Do bishops cry? Do consecrated men and women cry? Do priests cry?” the Pope asked during his Feb. 18 Ash Wednesday Mass.

This question led to his focus in the homily: “weeping in prayer.”


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How to Develop an Unbreakable Habit of Prayer, Conscientious Objections to Vaccinations and More! (1406)

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02/18/2015 Comment

Click on How to Develop a (Nearly) Unbreakable Habit of Prayer by Philip Kosloski link to read more.

How to Develop a (Nearly) Unbreakable Habit of Prayer by Philip Kosloski - BigPulpit.com

Conscientious Objection to Vaccinations - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

From Faith Came Science: Condemnations of 1277 - Stacy Trasancos PhD, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Pope Francis and the Hidden Path to Holiness – Daniel J. Heisey, First Things

“I Am Woman”, Ironic Ode to the Embryo‏ – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

God’s Gift: Husbands Should Reverence Their Wives – Gabriel Somarriba, Catholic Lane

Fear of the Lord Part 1: Holy Fear – J. C., Ignitum Today

Instagram Is a New Field to Evangelize, but Most People Doing It Wrong – Fr M Schneider, Project YM

An Apology for the Catholic Church’s...READ MORE

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African Catholic: Your CRS Rice Bowl Saved My Life, Gave Me Jesus (3107)

Catholic Relief Services Provides Practical and Spiritual Aid During Lent and Beyond

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Gertruda (above) and her granddaughter harvest soybeans in their fields in Nakahegwa, Tanzania. Since joining the CRS project in her village, Gertruda has doubled her soybean harvest and has increased her earnings sixfold.

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BALTIMORE — “For me, a little snack in school was Jesus Christ. That was God, for me.”

Thomas Awiapo recounted how a “little snack,” made possible through Catholic Relief Services (CRS)’ Rice Bowl, saved his life in Ghana. He was orphaned through starvation — a pagan child “with little hope for survival,” he told the Register — but his life took a turn when the smell of food enticed him to a Catholic school, where he was offered “a snack and hot food” if he stayed in class.

“If that little snack and that hot meal were not fixed in that school by Catholic Relief Services, I would not have gone there in search of food,” he said.

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of CRS’ annual Rice Bowl, and...READ MORE

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Alabama’s Judicial Process Becomes a Marriage Battleground (1789)

Cotton State’s Chief Justice Roy Moore has countered a federal-court ruling with a memo instructing that state probate judges aren’t required to issue same-sex 'marriage' licenses.

02/18/2015 Comments (27)

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore appears on Fox News Sunday on Feb. 15.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — More than 81% of Alabama residents voted in 2006 to amend their state Constitution to define marriage as the institution of one man and woman.

But because U.S. district court Judge Callie Granade believes the state Sanctity of Marriage Amendment violates the due-process and equal-protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, Alabama’s probate judges are under increasing pressure to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“We certainly see it as another example of the federal judiciary encroaching into matters that have traditionally been within the state’s purview, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight,” said Katherine Robertson, vice...READ MORE

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Pope on Siblings: ‘Having a Brother, a Sister Who Loves You Is Priceless’ (2001)

Ash Wednesday catechesis focuses on brotherly and sisterly love.

02/18/2015 Comment

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VATICAN CITY — In this week’s general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the role of siblings in family life, saying the fraternity we learn from them teaches us how to overcome barriers and leads to greater freedom.

“With Jesus, this bond of brotherhood expands to overcome any difference of nation, language, culture or religion,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Feb. 18, Ash Wednesday.

There is no greater compliment than to say of another, “He is like a brother to me or she is like a sister,” he said, explaining that without the value of fraternity “the freedom and equality achieved by many people become full of individualism and conformity and personal interest,...READ MORE

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